Nach dem Sieg gegen den Rivalen Team Liquid nahm sich Astralis-Spieler Peter ‚dupreeh‘ Rasmussen Zeit für ein Interview. Eines seiner Ziele war es Liquid vom Major-Titel abzuhalten und selbst möglichst weit zu kommen. Der Vertigo-Pick gegen Liquid sollte für die US-Amerikaner eine Überraschung werden.
Let’s talk about the Vertigo pick of yours. It was quite surprising, because Liquid was on a 100% winrate on this map, while you being not this successful. Why did you go for Vertigo?
dupreeh: „I think we decided to pick Vertigo to surprise them. I think they didn’t expected it at all. Already getting a good advantage at the veto by surprising people is really strong and it was a good decision by us. We played really good on practice as well. So why not?“
You seemed to crack the formula for how to play Vertigo. With focusing A ramp, as T and CT side. On your T-Side your execution seemed very rushed and especially with these last second executions. Was this planned or was this because of Liquids playstyle?
dupreeh: „It definitely wasn’t planned. Obviously Liquid did a really good job of buying time by using utility correct. They have some really good lineups when we were planting the bomb and denying us the bomb plant. So when we had the chance to plant the bomb, the smokes would have faded. So they did a really good job honestly. But I also think we played a little bit scared at the beginning, instead of like covering each other and playing time and doing what we did in practice, we didn’t really do that at the beginning, but eventually we started figuring out what we are doing wrong and decided to get quite a few rounds on T-side and we knew we had really strong CT-Side.“
You are aiming for the Threepeat or Hattrick but considering your form in the last few month you weren’t the favorites going into the major, despite being the reigning champions. Most experts expected Team Liquid being the number 1 favorites to win this major due the fact they currently are the number 1 team in the world. What was the mentality going into this match?
dupreeh: „Obviously, it was a banger for both teams that we already faced in the quarterfinals. We were playing against each other so many times, so there were a lot of mind games. We were the clear best team in 2018, while they have been the clear best team in 2019 so obviously they had the upper hand and as well the pressure somewhere. The reason I think they had the pressure is that Team Liquid or at least this roster hasn’t won a major before and I think they really wanna do this to cement that they are the best team in the world, while trying to overcome or at least overdue what we did last year. So this is a hard blow for them but they also said themselves in some previous interviews it’s not feeling like the same thing, the [player] break did something to them. It’s not that they are playing bad, but they are not at same kind of confidence level as they were. That’s what they said themselves and obviously we know the feeling as well, we came back from the break last winter, yeah we did win the major but then we started also degrading. I think they had the pressure today and we had to go out and play the game we knew we could play and take it from there.“
Would you say you denied Team Liquids era? Or would you say an era is only complete with a major title?
dupreeh: „I don’t know, I think in some way Liquid already deserve to have their own era. I’m very impressed what they have been achiving so far in 2019. We know how hard it can be because we’ve been there too but obviously winning a major has been a really big goal for them. Even though major still have the same prize pool as all the other tournaments there’s still something special about it. The first goal was getting out of groups and the second goal was at least trying to deny Liquid the major. That’s still something we can brag about.“
The next opponent is going to be NRG. Did you expect them in the semifinal, what’s your opinion on them and are you looking for revenge?
dupreeh: „I think they’ve been playing well. Both in the practice before the tournament and in the tournament. We definitely look for revenge, but It’s going to be super close.“